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Tars Head to Hawaii to Open 2019 Campaign

Tars Head to Hawaii to Open 2019 Campaign

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (0-0, 0-0 SSC) at Chaminade (0-0, 0-0 PacWest)

WHERE:
Honolulu, Hawaii – Patsy T. Mink Central O'ahu Regional Park

WHEN:
Friday, February 1, 2018 – 7:00 p.m. EST
Saturday, February 2, 2018 – 5:00 p.m. EST (DH)

COVERAGE:
Live Stats
Audio (Games 2 & 3)

SET-UP:
The Tars softball teams gets their 2019 campaign underway in style, with a trip to Hawaii.  Rollins will face a three game set against Chaminade while on the island.  Head Coach Michelle Frew begins her 23rd year at the helm of the Rollins program on verge of a milestone.  She sits at 798 wins for her Rollins career, and will look to eclipse the 800 mark in Honolulu.  The Tars are coming off a 27-24 season in which they finished sixth in the Sunshine State Conference.  Rollins was tabbed to finish in that sixth position again in the SSC Preseason Poll.  Chaminade finished 2018 at 10-33, ranking 11th in the PacWest Conference.  The Silver Swords were slated seventh in their preseason rankings.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars lost some key bats from the middle of their 2018 lineup, but return a majority of their starters, and their top three arms in the circle.  Among those back for the Tars is All-SSC performer Jordan Davis.  After transferring from Seminole State, the junior led the Rollins offense last season with a team best .345 batting average, 26 runs, 57 hits, two triples, and 33 stolen bases.  Fellow senior Abigail Sexton will look to make an impact during her final season in Winter Park. While catcher Lindsay Gehring and infielder Talia Kentoffio attempt to improve on solid freshman campaigns that saw them gain valuable experience both in the field and at the plate.

Grace Street, Abby Summers, and Erin Crawford will all return as options in the circle for Rollins. Street led the group with a 2.50 ERA and 144 strikeouts, while Summers put up 5.78 strikeouts per seven innings pitched.  Crawford added a no-hitter while picking up her first career win against Kentucky State.  The Tars could also turn to new arms for depth in the pitching rotation.

Chaminade:
The Silver Swords return a wealth of talent, having started a number of freshmen in 2018.  Chaminade hopes their experience will prove the difference in turning around a team that went 3-9 in one run games last season.  Jackie Najera is coming off a maiden season in which she set the school record with 19 doubles. The infielder also registered a 16 game hit streak.  Rainelle Matsuoka will provide the veteran leadership for the team, after hitting .328 with five homeruns as a junior.  The shortstop is just five homeruns away from the school's career record. 

Two young arms lead the way for the Silver Swords in the circle.  Devan Dickson posted a team-high seven wins with a 3.78 ERA last year.  Madelyn Stockslager paced the team in strikeouts, fanning 94.  The pair are backed by defense that turned more doubles plays per game than any team in Division II last year.

NOTES:

  • Head Coach Michelle Frew need just two wins to earn her 800th win at Rollins.
  • The last time the Tars faced Chaminade was 2016.  Rollins split a doubleheader, taking game one 12-0 before failing in game two 6-3.
  • Junior Sarah Harrison sits fifth all-time in stolen base percentage, while both her and Davis are close to breaking into the list for top-ten in Rollins history for stolen bases.
  • Grace Street has her name scattered all over the pitching records, she currently sits in a tie for second with four saves, eighth in innings pitched, ninth in wins, and eighth in strikeouts.

UP NEXT:
The Tars return to Winter Park to take on Bentley in their home opener.  The series will kickoff with a doubleheader on Saturday, February 9, with game one starting at 11 a.m.  The final contest is slated for Sunday, February 10.

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